Monday’s 8,783/1 Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On June 20
Horse Racing Tips on Monday, June 20
There are five meetings spread across Britain and Ireland on Monday June 20th with the action coming from Chepstow, Southwell, Windsor, Wolverhampton and Ballinrobe. Our expert editor has produced their top tips across the cards, which make up our advised Monday Lucky 15.
Iconic Knight (2:45 Chepstow)
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ICONIC KNIGHT often saves his bests efforts for Chepstow and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the six-time winner return to winning ways on Monday afternoon in a fairly modest class 6 handicap.
Rated 61, the seven-year-old has returned this season with some promising efforts in defeat, including when finishing runner-up at this venue on his penultimate start in Class 5 company over the flying five furlongs.
Stepped up slightly in trip on his most recent outing at Brighton, Iconic Knight stayed on powerfully in the closing stages to finish third after being held up throughout the five-runner contest.
The return to six furlongs should very much suit Iconic Knight on the evidence of his latest starts and it appears fairly significant that connections have decided to enlist the services of talented claimer Harry Davies for the first time.
Grannie Annie (3:30 Southwell)
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This appears to be a wide-open handicap hurdle with several holding claims in some shape or form. Viking Ruby was a respectable second last time out at Stratford, while course and distance winner Lemon T hinted at a return to form when finishing fifth at this track last time out.
Both runners are entitled to respect here, but at the prices, GRANNIE ANNIE could well cause a bit of a surprise here for trainer Adrian Keatley.
Despite showing very little in her opening three starts in novice and maiden company for connections, the lightly-raced mare shaped with plenty of encouragement on her handicap debut at Hexham earlier this month over three miles.
Restrained at the back of the field in first-time cheekpieces, the five-year-old kept on eyecatchingly on the run to the line despite hitting a flat spot turning for home, and whilst she ultimately finished seventh, Grannie Annie was only four lengths behind the dual course and distance winner West Lawn.
Champion jockey Brian Hughes takes over in the saddle on Monday afternoon and comes to the Nottinghamshire venue for just this one ride.
Presenting Pete (4:30 Southwell)
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Derbyshire handler John Mackie has enjoyed plenty of success with his jumpers in recent seasons, including the likes of six-time hurdle winner Hurricane Ali and useful chaser Barton Knoll. Purchased for £16,000, PRESENTING PETE could very well develop into a useful acquisition for the yard after recently joining from Alan King.
Although winless in five starts so far over hurdles, Presenting Pete has shaped well in his last two starts in handicap company. Fifth on his penultimate start back in March behind subsequent scorer Wolfspear and Dan Skelton’s rejuvenated ten-year-old Ashoka at Warwick, the five-year-old produced another smart performance at Southwell the following month, pulling well clear of the eventual third to finish runner-up behind Ben Pauling’s unpenalised winner Hardy Boy over the extended 2m4f trip.
With course and distance form already to his name, it shouldn’t be long before Presenting Pete strikes from his current mark of 98 and new connections will be confident the five-year-old can strike on his stable debut on Monday afternoon.
Vivency (9:00 Wolverhampton)
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It could turn out to be quite a profitable day for trainer John Mackie as he looks to have leading claims of completing an across-the-card double courtesy of VIVENCY, who has often shaped as if a step up in trip will suit after staying on strongly over seven furlongs in her recent racecourse outings.
After needing every yard of Chelmsford’s seven furlongs to win by a nose on her penultimate start in May off a mark of 56, the five-year-old mare again delivered a strong effort in the closing stages earlier this month over course and distance when finishing fourth from a 4lb higher mark – fairing best of those who were held up in the ten-runner handicap contest.
Related to a host of winners up to 1m3f, Vivency should relish the step up to 1m½f for the first time on Monday evening and whilst her draw could have been kinder, she should get a decent pace to aim at here and is well worth supporting in Wolverhampton’s concluding contest.